Driving distractions are one of the leading causes of road accidents. According to the sources consulted, the incidence of disturbances is greater or lesser, but, in all cases, it represents a very significant percentage of accidents. We shall consider some of these distractions in this article.
Types Of Driving Distractions
Looking away from the road
If you have ever wondered why such retentions occur with just a small accident without significant mishaps, here is the answer.
38% of drivers acknowledge being distracted by the presence of a crashed vehicle. This translates into a reduction in gear and a considerable loss of attention on the road.
Accidents are not the only cause of distraction that many drivers suffer. Advertising billboards, as well as specific objects present in the landscape, also contribute to reducing the attention given to driving.
Overconfidence is one of the worst managed causes by drivers, especially those who are more experienced or who do the same route repeatedly. Some drivers overlook rubber speed humps and cable protectors because of overconfidence.
The habit tends to generate a false sense of security that makes your feelings distracted, and your mind is focused on thoughts other than driving. The most severe case of overconfidence occurs when driving with fatigue or sleep.
Unfortunately, there are still many drivers who consider themselves able to continue driving despite suffering visible signs of drowsiness. To avoid greater evils, the best advice is to proceed to a stop and rest.
Other Dangerous Habits
Although statistically, they constitute more isolated cases, it is also worth noting that the drivers carry out many different activities behind the wheel that has nothing to do with the driving exercise itself and involve an almost total loss of the attention paid to the road.
Among these many activities is the search for objects in the glove compartment, the momentary reading of documents, the act of putting on makeup, lighting and smoking a cigarette, and, of course, eating and drinking inside the vehicle. All of them are activities that may seem harmless but are a severe distraction at the wheel, whose consequences can be dire.